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ERIC Number: ED041989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Pages: 84
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Badge of Poverty: The St. Louis Report.
Block, Carl E.; And Others
This booklet reports a study designed to probe into some of the important human dimensions that characterize poverty. The study was restricted to a specific low-income area in the heart of St. Louis, Mo. Personal household interviews were conducted, covering topics about problems and topics as seen by the respondents. Among the findings were that: (1) the majority of interviewees in the lowest income area (82 percent) were black and over a third were over 50 years of age; (2) ghetto residents are trapped, not mobile; (3) the "establishment" drew a large proportion of the blame for ghetto problems; (4) issues such as discrimination and police action were seldom mentioned; (5) radio and TV ownership was high--ghetto residents made considerable use of these media; (6) print media were used but less extensively than radio and TV; (7) the life-style of the poor is reflected in such things as shopping habits; and, (8) income was related to the respondent's attitudes. Tentative recommendations included the following: the need for increased job opportunities appears to have high priority; relocation and transportation may be of benefit only to a small number; government programs should utilize mass media fully; and, vocational rehabilitation services need to be vastly expanded, with numerous complementary and interlocking programs. (RJ)
Regional Rehabilitation Research Inst., Missouri Univ., Columbia, Mo. 65201 ($1.50)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia . Regional Rehabilitation Research Inst.
Identifiers: Missouri; Missouri (Saint Louis)